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This big chicken has definitely been raised on growth hormones. It’s so large it needs a cowboy to ride it around the grounds. Really, it’s a trompe l’oeil at the Spring Fair in Puyallup. Bill Jarcho is actually walking on stilts, and the legs on the chicken’s back are fake.
This situation has inherent possibilities beyond families taking photos with him. So I followed him until he took a break. I was hoping he might walk by the poultry barn. But, after 30 minutes, a groundskeeper with a broom-and-pan came by, adding the missing element.
— Alan Berner